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PETALING JAYA: Shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi failed in her bid to double Malaysia's gold medal tally in the SEA Games competition at the Sports Authority of Thailand Shooting Range in Bangkok yesterday.
Hopes were high on her to shoot down the second gold for Malaysia when she trailed leader Thailand's Sasithorn Hongprasert by just four points going into the final round of women's 50m rifle three-position event.
But Nur Suryani, who chalked up a 575 in the preliminary round, managed a 90.3 to settle for the bronze on 665.3 points. Sasithorn shot 90.5 to clinch gold on 669.5 and team-mate Kusuma Tavisri took silver on 668.4.
In the team event, Haslisa Hamed and Nur Ain Ibrahim scored 651.9 and 542 respectively to help Malaysia to secure the bronze with a total of 1,675. Thailand completed a double with a total of 1,708, ahead of Vietnam on 1,679.
Malaysia had a great start on Tuesday when the trio bagged the team gold in the 50m rifle prone event while Suryani took silver in the individual event.
“We had to shoot in the rifle prone position to complete the preliminary round at the outdoor range and the wind was quite strong,” said Suryani in a telephone interview.
“The kneeling and standing positions took place inside earlier. The fans started clapping and cheering loudly and my concentration went off for a bit.”
Suryani and former national shooter Nurul Huda Baharin did not win any medal when they took part in the same event in Manila two years ago. But taking the bronze this time was small consolation for her.
“I'm not happy with my performance. I am usually very good in the rifle prone stage but I was just not able to produce my best today,” said Suryani, who can still end her fourth SEA Games outing on a high in the women's 10m air rifle competition tomorrow.
Suryani will be teaming up with Muslifah Zulkifli and Shahera Rahim in the event.
In the women's 10m air pistol event yesterday, Malaysian Ishvari Devi Dasi, formerly known as Irina Maharani, also made the final and finished fifth on 471.4.
Malaysia's top pistol shooter Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan shot 543 for seventh spot in the men's 25m standard pistol.
But there is strong hope on the burly shooter to gun down a gold medal today when he competes in his favourite event, the 25m rapid fire pistol. Hasli is the defending champion.
The Malaysian double trap shooters, led by Edward Khor, will also be contending strongly for gold in the individual and team events.
After a string of second-place finishes, Thailand enjoyed a gold rush with their shooters making a sweep of all six gold medals at stake yesterday.
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